Aston Villa spoiled Tottenham’s bid to return to the Premier League’s top four as a costly mistake. Hugo Lloris Condemned the north Londoners to a damaging 2-0 defeat on Sunday. Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris limped off as he played for the first time since France’s World Cup final defeat to Argentina. Douglas Luiz’s shot and Emiliano Buendia put Villa ahead early in the second half. Lloris was left on the bench for Tottenham’s draw against Brentford on 26 December as he was rested following France’s agonizing final defeat in Qatar.
The 36-year-old, who conceded three times against Argentina before France lost on penalties, may be given more time to recover after his mistake against Villa.
Brazilian midfielder Luiz added Villa’s second goal late on, leaving Antonio Conte’s side to endure the jeers of frustrated fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham had hoped a top-four finish in their first Premier League match of 2023 would kick-start their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Instead, they suffered a New Year’s Day hangover as mid-table Villa punished a sluggish display.
Fifth-placed Tottenham have failed to win both of their games since the World Cup break, a slump in form that has allowed them to move two points above fourth-placed Manchester United.
Adding insult to injury for Tottenham, it was former Arsenal boss Unai Emery who masterminded Villa’s success back in north London.
Villa manager Emery, sacked by Arsenal in 2019, has now won three of his four Premier League matches since replacing the sacked Steven Gerrard By November.
Son Heung-min started the match again wearing the mask he used to protect his broken eye socket during the World Cup.
But Tottenham’s South Korean star ripped off the mask early in the first half, throwing it away in anger after failing to control a pass.
Son’s frustration summed up Tottenham’s sputtering performance.
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Although Tottenham dominated possession for long periods, they were unable to break through.
Five minutes after half-time Villa hit them back as a mistake from Lloris allowed the visitors to take the lead.
Luiz’s long-range shot didn’t have the power to beat Lloris, but the keeper failed to hold onto it and Ollie Watkins pounced on the loose ball, bouncing it to Buendia, who headed home from 10 yards.
It was the seventh consecutive Premier League game in which Tottenham conceded the first goal.
Perisic failed to convert a golden chance to equalize when he fired over from Son’s free-kick, while Kane wasted a decent chance from inside the area.
Recovering from that miss, Villa scored the knockout blow in the 73rd minute.
John McGinn’s superb pass split the Tottenham defense and Luiz Lloris took a touch before a clinical finish.
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